Bewley won't seek reelection to Wisconsin Senate

The Senate Minority Leader said it's time for a new generation of progressive, pragmatic people to lead.

Sen. Janet Bewley
Sen. Janet Bewley

SUPERIOR — Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley, D-Mason, announced Tuesday, Feb. 1, that she won’t seek reelection in the fall.

Bewley has served in the Senate since she was first elected to the 25th District in the fall of 2014, after serving two terms in the Wisconsin Assembly representing the 74th District.

“Serving the people of Northern Wisconsin in the state Legislature has been the honor of my lifetime,” Bewley said in a prepared statement. “When I first ran for office in 2010, I had no idea how rewarding it would be to represent one of the most beautiful and creative parts of this great state.”

After four years in the Assembly and almost eight years in the Senate, Bewley said it is time to make way for a new generation of progressive and pragmatic leaders.

So far, only one candidate has stepped forward to run for the 25th District Senate seat, Republican Romaine Quinn of Cameron, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.


Former 75th District assemblyman, Romaine Quinn, vies for a return to public office in 25th District.

Quinn announced his candidacy in October.

“I love being a senator, but am looking forward to spending more time with my husband, who recently retired himself, as well as my children and grandchildren,” said Bewley, who turned 70 in November. “I remain committed to leading my colleagues in the Senate as we finish up the 2021-22 session and supporting Gov. (Tony) Evers as he moves Wisconsin forward.”

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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